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This book is about the earlier version of Mona Lisa that Leonardo da Vinci painted prior to executing the portrait now in the Louvre. Years of dedicated historical research as well as a battery of scientific and technical tests serve to advance theMoreThis book is about the earlier version of Mona Lisa that Leonardo da Vinci painted prior to executing the portrait now in the Louvre. Years of dedicated historical research as well as a battery of scientific and technical tests serve to advance the authenticity of this masterpiece. The Mona Lisa Foundation presents the comprehensive History, Science and Expertise, and reveals, after 500 years in relative obscurity, the stunning earlier version of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.The book demonstrates that Leonardo da Vinci painted two portraits of Mona Lisa and peels away the layers of confusion about the histories that separate the two paintings, set against the panoramic backdrop of Renaissance Italy.Editorial Reviews - This art book is, much like its subject matter, worthy of being called a masterpiece... The chapter that truly stands out in Mona Lisa: Leonardos Earlier Version is Connoisseurship. Its an extraordinary comparison of the two Mona Lisa paintings... Without question, the Mona Lisa Foundation took great time and care in developing this book.- Michael Taube, Washington Times.The book will permit an unbiased judgement of the claim of this painting to be the earlier portrait, incomplete, of a young Mona Lisa, much younger than that of the Louvre.- Alessandro Vezzosi, Director, Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci, Vinci, Italy.At the time of my original investigation of Isleworth Mona Lisa I found a number of issues troubling... The book masterfully addresses these and numerous other questions. I congratulate you on the accomplishment of such a superb research investigation... In my forty years of technical support to the conservation science profession, I have never before encountered such an extensive and compelling document supporting the provenance of an artwork. - John F. Asmus, Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences, University of California, San Diego.